Mice

Do the Council provide a service to treat for Mice?

Cornwall Council no longer provide a pest control service, however information on mice is available below, including how to prevent them.  For any specialist advice/treatment we recommend you contact a private pest control company - a list of which can be found in the Yellow Pages or online.  We would recommend that you obtain a number of quotes to ensure you are getting value for money.  If you feel able, it is possible to carry out your own treatment, however we do recommend you use a qualified pest controller.  If you do decide to undertake your own treatment, ensure you follow the manufacturers instructions.

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If you see mice in a property you do not live in and would like to report this, or require further advice or information, please contact the Community Protection Team sing the contact details on this page.

The house mouse is a small rodent that has a slightly pointed nose, small black eyes, their ears are normally large in comparison to their body size, they have ringed tails with a small amount of hair.  House mice are generally a greyish brown colour.  The length of its head and body is 80-100mm and the tail is 80-100mm.

House mice are mainly nocturnal, although under certain circumstances they can be seen throughout the day (this isn’t always an indication of a high population).  Mice are often difficult to control due to the rate at which they reproduce. Mice breed all year round and litters of 5 or more can be born approximately three weeks after mating. 

Unlike rats, mice do not require separate water, usually they are able to obtain their daily water requirement through their food.

Mice are often responsible for causing damage to property and stored foods.  An average mouse will only normally consume about 10 pounds of food per year, although due to its dining habits (it nibbles on a large quantity of food but only consumes a small amount) they tend to spoil far more than they eat.  Mice can carry numerous diseases which in some cases cause illness in humans.

Simple steps that can be taken to control mice include:

  • Good housekeeping – store all food in sealed containers, regularly clean kitchen cupboards including gaps and crevices and remove all food debris as soon as possible.
  • Keeping your property in good repair – looking for small holes that will allow a mouse to get into your property – and repair these as soon as possible. Mice can fit through very small gaps, this makes proofing very difficult.  A general rule is that if a pencil can fit through a hole a mouse would be able to squeeze through.
  • Fill any gaps around pipe work and services that enter your property – cover any ventilation grills or air bricks with a fine metal mesh.

There are a number of methods for removing mice from your property, which can include humane and non humane methods.  Such traps are obtainable from the majority of hardware stores.  For best results several traps should be used, set about 2 metres apart. The baited end should be placed nearest to the wall at right angles away from pets and children. Chocolate, porridge oats, sugar or breadcrumbs can be used as bait.

Poisons suitable for mice can often be purchased from hardware shops, although care should be taken when using any poison to select the correct type of poison and the correct location.  Please read and follow any safety instructions very carefully prior to use.  If in any doubt, please contact a professional.